glint

[glint]
noun
1.
a tiny, quick flash of light.
2.
gleaming brightness; luster.
3.
a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.
verb (used without object)
4.
to shine with a glint.
5.
to move suddenly; dart.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cause to glint; reflect.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English glint, variant of obsolete glent; compare Danish glente, Swedish dialect glänta to glimpse, brighten


1. gleam, glimmer. 4. See flash.
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glint (ɡlɪnt)
 
vb
1.  to gleam or cause to gleam brightly
 
n
2.  a bright gleam or flash
3.  brightness or gloss
4.  a brief indication
 
[C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect glänta, glinta to gleam]

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Word Origin & History

glint
1787, from Scottish, apparently an alteration of M.E. glenten "gleam, flash, glisten," from Scand. (cf. Norw. gletta "to look," dial. Swed. glinta "to shine"), from P.Gmc. *glent-, from PIE *ghlei- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see gleam). Introduced into Eng. by Burns.
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Example sentences
And through the gloom of the forest, one can already catch the glint of the
  bond-raiders sharpening their swords.
The walls glint gold in the late afternoon, as waves or particles of light
  scatter off the ancient bricks.
Well, maybe there was a little manic glint in the eyes.
And some have nothing more than the glint of sparklers.
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